Rawl­ings-Blake’s legacy: Rob­bing re­tirees

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Lloyd G. Caster The writer is a re­tired Bal­ti­more po­lice sergeant.

Via her ac­tion break­ing the po­lice re­tirees’ pen­sion con­tract in 2010, Mayor Stephanie Rawl­ings-Blake has en­sured the agency will never get the best hires (“Rawl­ings-Blake says she’s leav­ing Bal­ti­more in bet­ter shape than she found it,” Nov. 27). She stole money owed re­tirees, and she in­sti­tuted a plan which, on its face, is an in­sult to those who served hon­or­ably, then re­tired. Her plan, which se­verely lim­its cost-of-liv­ing in­creases for re­tirees, will en­sure that those with any sense will leave this agency as soon as pos­si­ble!

Af­ter tak­ing our money, she raised ev­ery fee pos­si­ble, fur­ther plac­ing re­tirees in a fi­nan­cial bind.

In this re­gard, she per­formed just like a Repub­li­can: She ig­nored a union con­tract in ef­fect, with the in­tent to not only bust the union’s in­flu­ence but to steal funds due those most vul­ner­a­ble and lack­ing a strong voice, re­tirees!

As far as this re­tiree is con­cerned, she is a thief, and her ac­tion will have a last­ing ef­fect on the those who would con­sider join­ing the Bal­ti­more Po­lice De­part­ment

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